LANSING (FOX 2) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has today been informed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that Michigan has a case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was determined. ,
This was the first confirmed case of AFM in Michigan in 2018. The confirmed case is a child from Wayne County.
Seven suspected AFM cases in Michigan are under investigation.
As of November 30, CDC had confirmed 134 cases of AFM in 33 states, mostly in children. Despite numerous nationwide cases since 2014, the CDC estimates that fewer than one in two of a million children in the United States receive AFM each year.
AFM is a rare but serious nervous system disorder that can affect the nervous system Muscles and reflexes in the body become weak. Most patients report mild respiratory disease or fever associated with viral infection before AFM is developed.
Healthcare providers are asked to report any suspected AFM to the local health department.
MDHHS website for information and resources on communicable diseases or CDC.gov/AFM.[1